Young Inventor Challenge

Mentors 2019

We thank these and talented toy and game industry professionals for volunteering their valuable  time and expertise in guiding our Young Inventor Challenge Entrants! 

Director of the Young Inventor Challenge

Alicia Alexander

Communications Director,

Larkspur-Corte Madera Schools and

Concept Manager, KID Group

Thank You to our Judges & Mentors!

Kelly Adams
Director of Product Development, Goliath Games & Pressman Toys
Phil Albritton
Creative Director, Toy Industry Podcaster, Consultant, Product & Packaging Innovator
Lee Allentuck
Principal at RN Branding & Licensing
Steven Anne
Creative Director at Big G Creative
Gwen Austin
Creator at Gwen Austin Studios
Christopher Bensch
Vice President for Collections at the Strong Museum
Eleanor Black
Client Relations at Fuse London, Ltd.
Brendan Boyle
Partner at IDEO and Consulting Associate Professor at Stanford d.School
Naomi Brugnatelli
Inventor Relations Associate at Mattel, Inc.
Pete Cartlidge
Director at Fuse London
Brian Clemens
Partner, KID Group
Matt Colleran
New Business Development Head - Clamour - Connecting elite Influencers & top brands - Former Yulu, Hasbro, Reebok, Abercrombie Mktg. Exec.
Boaz Coster
Inventing and Marketing Playthings at Theora Concept Ltd
Kirk Dietz
MPS Literacy, 6th Grade English Teacher at Sleepy Hollow Middle School
Julie Doverspike
Senior Product Manager at Goliath Games
Bob Driscoll
Game Inventor
JM Duparc
Chief of Creation at Identity Games
Janelle Duthie
Director of Marketing at NetBricks
Paul Fish
Chief Brand Officer at FAR OUT TOYS, INC.
James Freeman
Social Media Marketer - White Wizard Games
Alex Fuhrer
Business Development at Nextoy
David Fuhrer
Managing Director at BlueSquare Innovations
Bob Fuhrer
Owner at Nextoy LLC and KenKen Puzzle
Sara Furay
Inventor Relations, Goliath Games
Mark Garcia
Design Director at KID Group
Ed Gartin
Director Of Product Development at Thames & Kosmos
Egils Grasmanis
CEO and FOunder, Brain Games Publishing
Ruth Green-Synowic
President at Ruth Green Inc
Dougal Grimes
Senior Director, Global Games Inventor Relations, Spin Master
Bill Guschwan
Serious Game Designer at Columbia College Chicago
Caitlin Gutekunst
Senior Director Marketing and Business Development at Creativity, Inc.
Wolfgang "Arlo" Hitzeman
Owner and Creative Designer at Creative Konzepts
Adam Hocherman
Vice President of New Business at PlayMonster
Ahren Hoffman
Ahren Hoffman
Director of Education & Training at American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA)
Krista Jakes
Brand manager at Playmonster
Jenni Jalava
Product category director at MARTINEX OY
Ken Johnson
CEO / President of Grand Legacy Corporation, Inventor, Author, Visionary Entrepreneur, Investor, Speaker
Bernd Keller
Amigo Games
Dan Klitsner
Founder at KID Group
Michael Kohner
President, The Michael Kohner Corporation
Andrew Krauss
inventRight Co-Founder / IGA (Inventor Groups Of America) Co-Founder
Anita Landgraf
Board Games Agent, Whitecastle
Francesco Lercari
CEO at Megableu USA
Gary Levenberg
Co-Founder/Partner at KID Group
Maria McLane
Innovation Project Manager at The United States Playing Card Company
Tobi Meaney
Customer relations, Oink Games Europe
Nick Metzler
Incubation and New Business Specialist + Game Designer - Games at Spin Master
Elizabeth Moody
Head of New Business Development at Seven Towns Ltd
Colin Morgan
Founding Partner at Hoyt Games
Ravi Narula
Entrepreneur and Business Elevator at The Future Playground
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